IAF: Man & Machine
A passion for flying and the zeal to serve one’s country is what defines an IAF pilot. But over the years the number of those leaving and
those wanting to leave the Force has been rising. Ajay Banerjee finds out the reasons for the shortage of pilots in the IAF
it to insufficient wages, lucrative options in the private
sector or just human resource policies that are out of sync with
the changing times, the Indian Air Force is facing a shortage of
pilots. A fortnight ago, Air Chief Marshal said the IAF was
facing a shortage of at least 400 pilots.
market for miniatures
Indian art collectors, small is indeed beautiful. For no other
painting form or style can match the price Indian miniatures command
in the international market today, except perhaps Rembrandt’s oils.
Ironically though, Rembrandt was a major connoisseur of Indian
Basant Kumar Mohanty
Nearly 60,000 monuments across the country are at nature’s mercy with no agency taking measures for their protection, a body working on conservation of monuments said.
Committed to deliver
Dai Shanti Devi’s dedication to safe motherhood and newborn care has made her one of the most respected elders in Solan district of Himachal, where malnutrition is a major problem,
writes Swapna Majumdar
path is uneven and slippery. Recent rains have made it difficult to
negotiate the muddy track in Nichla Badho village in Jagjit Nagar,
Solan district, Himachal Pradesh. But this doesn’t bother Shanti
Punjabi teenager wins Diana Award
Among the array of memorial projects dedicated to Diana, Princess of Wales, are the Diana Awards, which recognise young people who seek to help others. One of the latest recipients is Kamalpreet Kaur Aulakh (16) from Leicester in the English Midlands, who has “dedicated a huge amount of time, effort and compassion in voluntarily serving people of her community,” organisers of the Diana Awards said.
‘Dr Fish’ for a shiny skin
After gaining popularity in China, Japan and other countries, fish pedicure has emerged as a new-age beauty treatment for tired souls in Chennai. Moving around in a tub of warm water, numerous small fish nibble at dead skin, leaving hands and feet shiny and smooth.
On Tipu’s trail
Jangveer Singh visits
Srirangapatna, the historic battleground of Tipu Sultan
TIPU Sultan may have died fighting the British and the Wodeyars. But these enemies have been united in death. The Palace of Mysore of the Wodeyars and Tipu’s fort, tomb and other places associated with him on the island town of Srirangapatna, 15 km away from Mysore, are a major tourism centre of Karnataka attracting a large number of visitors.
Kiran on screen
A feature-length documentary on Kiran Bedi by Australian director Megan Doneman is being screened at the Toronto International Film Festival.
Affairs to remember
Romantic triangles in Hindi films have broken many a box office record,
writes M.L. Dhawan
Barua’s Har Pall is the story of two flight attendants Shweta
(Ishaa Koppikar) and Runa (Preity Zinta), who work with an
international airline and share a one-bedroom flat in Mumbai.